Month: October 2021

Are We Heading For A Zombie Apocalypse?

You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 and for the most part 2021 have been bad years, for some, an absolute nightmare. As we draw to the end of 2021 you might be wondering what 2022 has in store for us, will it be better than the last two years or worse..

Well way back in the 1600’s, Nostradamus a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Prophéties, wrote about how a scientist will create a biological weapon, turn it into a virus and turn humanity into zombies (interpretation by an astrologer).

Nostradamus predicted a zombie apocalypse in 2021

“Few young people: half−dead to give a start. Dead through spite, he will cause the others to shine, And in an exalted place some great evils to occur: Sad concepts will come to harm each one, Temporal dignified, the Mass to succeed. Fathers and mothers dead of infinite sorrows, Women in mourning, the pestilent she−monster: The Great One to be no more, all the world to end.”– Nostradamus.

Although Nostradamus predicted that this would happen in 2021, there are one or two things we should bear in mind.

1: At the time of writing this blog post we still have two month left until the year ends.

2: What if, the astrologist who interpreted the prediction was a year out?

We should also consider the idea that this virus is already out there, this is pure speculation on my part, I have absolutely no proof what so ever, but, it could already be happening, just slowly.

Of course the chances of humanity going head long into a zombie apocalypse has an almost zero chance if happening, but after what we went through in 2020 and in 2021, we could ask “What next”?

Zombie apocalypse? Alien invasion? What if one or both of these were to happen? What if…

Most people from the Emergency Preparedness community would say that, you should start by being prepared for what is more likely to happen in the area you live in, once you are ready for that, then and only then, if you feel you need to, you should start preparing for what is not as likely to happen, but could.

With this in mind I would like to Journal how to survive a zombie apocalypse or alien invasion.

I do want to point out that I do not want to get into prepping and survivalist theories and techniques, I have done that in the past, I say we look at the worst possible situation and get ready to survive the coming zombie apocalypse/alien invasion. After all, if we are ready for that, we are ready for anything.

Centre for Disease Control and Preparedness

(Note: Do I actually think that there is going to be a zombie apocalypse? No, no I don’t but, I do think that using this premise as a backdrop for the blog posts and videos I want to make in the future would be fun and if the CDC can dedicate part of their website to advising how to survive a zombie apocalypse, I certainly can).

Do What Makes You Happy

How do I start this?

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts you might have noticed that I have deleted everything, every picture on Instagram, every video on YouTube and every blog post here on iJim.co.uk.

See, if I am honest I find it incredibly hard to talk about just one thing on social media, I can’t just make videos on one subject, it’s not that I am infocused, I’m not.

I have lots of interests, everything from being outdoors, playing Minecraft to horror and the paranormal and lots more.

The problem is, how am I supposed to talk about just one thing when I have so many interests?

So, with that in mind, I have a problem.

Do I make posts about stuff that interests me or has caught my interest at any point in time? Or do I stick to just one thing knowing that Google aand YouTube analytics prefer a website or channel that they can slip into one tidy category.

I want to make videos, I have been making them for about 10 years now so it’s kind of what I do, it’s part of me now. The same with writing blog posts, I have been doing this since 2008 now, but I don’t want to just write and talk about one thing.

I know that if I were to ask people what they think, I would get the usual.. ” Do what makes you happy” and that is true, a person should do what they love.

Yeah, I think I have just answered my own question.

Just do what makes you happy.

Why 28 Days Later Is NOT A Zombie Movie

I want to change things up a little bit with this article and for a change, talk about a classic horror movie.

If you were to run a search for Best Zombie Movies on most reputable search engines, you can almost guarantee that the movie 28 days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later are going to be somewhere on that list.

This is where the internet has it soo wrong. 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later are “not” zombie movies, and this is why..

One of the earliest mentions of Zombies comes from the poem “The Legends of Gilgamesh”  written around 2100 B.C. in the Akkadian language, when Ishtar, Queen of the Nether world threatens to unleash her zombie armies on the land of the living unless the gatekeeper opens the gates to the Nether world saying..

“Gatekeeper, open your gate! Open your gate that I may enter!
If you do not open the gate to let me enter, I shall break the door, I shall wrench the lock, I shall smash the door posts, I shall force the doors.
I shall bring up the dead to consume the living, I shall make the dead outnumber the living”.

Later, in Haiti folklore we hear of voodoo priests called Bokors, these people were called upon by villagers to deal with that one annoying villager that everybody knows.

The Bokor would administer something called a Coupe deparde which is said to be a powder that you would give orally, the main ingredient is Tetrodotoxin a deadly poison which comes from the porcupine fish.

Once the poison has been given, the recipient would fall into a coma and for all intense and purposes be looked on as dead, and therefore buried.

Much later the Bokor will return to the grave and recover the body, which, no longer in a coma like state woild be totally under the control of the Bokor.

It was Haiti zombie folklore which inspired Victor Halperin when he created the first ever zombie movie in 1932 called White Zombie. Later zombie movies always followed the same pattern where the zombie was always under the control of a voodoo priest or a vampire.

That was until 1968 when George A Romero broke the mold and released “Night of the Living Dead”. This was the first movie where zombies were not under control of anyone and were basically free roaming.

OK so, up until this point, The Legends of Gilgamesh, Haiti folklore and zombie movies, all have one thing in common, and that is that the human died before being turned into a zombie.

Getting back to 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later, the infected were infected by the Rage Virus, they never died.

Spoiler time. if you havnt seen 28 Days Later you might want to plug your ears or Do Not Read The Following Paragraph!

In the beginning of the film 28 Days later we see a group of animal rights activists break into a laboratory where animal experimentation takes place, one of the animals that they release is infected with the Rage virus, this animal then attacks the activist who let it out of the cage, the activist goes into an epileptic type fit before going on to attack the other people in the group, this is how the Rage virus spread outside of the lab.

At no point did anybody die and because they didn’t die there is no way for the zombie virus, no matter what you call it take over the brain and turn that person into a zombie.

In 28 Weeks Later which is the sequel to 28 Days Later, someone is also heard saying that most of the infected have died out and starved to death, zombies don’t feel the need to eat, they don’t need to eat because they are Dead. The only reason zombies have the urge to bite, (if we were to go with the theory set out by Max Brooks in his book The Zombie Survival Guide) is to enable the virus to infect and take control of a new host…. and that is why 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later are Not, zombie films.

The same or a similar argument can be made about the film with the little monkey, “OutBreak” where the protagonists are infected, they are not dead.

All that being said, I will admit, 28 Days later is still in my top 10 best horror movies collection and I do still go back to watch it time and again.

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